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October 2010

A unique way to Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 28, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Tonya Weiss, Amy Shupp, Melissa Hager, Sharon George and Trista Vanderah work at West End Physical Therapy. Melissa, center, is training for the Walt Disney World Goofy Race and Half Challenge for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and West End Physical Therapy is holding its 1st Annual Community Day to help her raise funds while treating the community.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Tonya Weiss, Amy Shupp, Melissa Hager, Sharon George and Trista Vanderah work at West End Physical Therapy. Melissa, center, is training for the Walt Disney World Goofy Race and Half Challenge for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and West End Physical Therapy is holding its 1st Annual Community Day to help her raise funds while treating the community.

West End Physical Therapy holds its 1st Annual Community Day.

West End Physical Therapy found a way to treat the whole community on Halloween and donate to a worthy cause at the same time.

It will be holding its 1st Annual Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 12-4 p.m. at its location on the corner of Silver Spring Boulevard and Rt. 209 in Kresgeville.

Burn ban lifted in Bowmanstown

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Keith G. Billig, mayor of Bowmanstown, proclaimed that the burn ban, which was put in place in the borough on Sept. 17, has been lifted, effective Oct. 27.

If anyone has questions, contact the borough at (610) 852-2455.

Susanne Kane and Joseph J. Semuta exchange vows

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Semuta
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Semuta

Susanne Kane, daughter of David and Patricia Holmes of Hometown, and the late James Kane, Tamaqua, became the bride of Joseph Jeffrey Semuta, son of Joseph and Mary Alyce Semuta of Hazleton on July 2, 2010 in an outdoor ceremony at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg.

Officiating the double ring ceremony was the Rev. Bob Amundsen. A brass quintet, led by Brian Shughart, provided music for the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her mother, the bride chose Cara (Griffin) Ruggeri of Coopersburg as her matron of honor.

Reinhart birth

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Vera Sage Reinhart
Vera Sage Reinhart

REINHART A daughter, Vera Sage Reinhart, was born at 10:51 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital to Blair and Dustin Reinhart of Slatington.

She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Melanie and Dan Adamski and Bill and Jacqueline Yaich.

Paternal grandparents are Jean and Larry Reinhart.

Great-grandparents are Barry and Barbara Burns, Claire Miller and Norwood Hartline.

Elected class senator

Thursday, October 28, 2010

William James of Tamaqua, has been elected 2011 class senator of the Student Government Association (SGA) by the Susquehanna University student body. He will hold the position for the 2010 academic year.

Where to find "Branches"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 29, 10:44 a.m.

October 30, 2:55 p.m.

Pocono Mountains Film Festival

Tannersville, PA

(Admission charged)

November 20

Penn Cinema

Lititz, PA

(Free showing)

December 17, 7:30 p.m.

Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center

York, PA

(Runs before "Holiday Inn feature film admission charged)

The film is also available for purchase during the holiday season at Crystal Spring Tree Farm, Lehighton and at www.branchesmovie.com. Other showings will be announced online at www.branchesmovie.com.

Tamaqua Area Relay for Life Kickoff event scheduled

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's that time of year, Kick-Off Time for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities. The kick off event will be held Monday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., at the LCCC Morgan Center on High Street in Tamaqua. All relay team members, survivors, and caregivers are welcome to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.

A Nightmare on Broad Street

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A rogues' gallery of horror film villains march up Broad Street during Tamaqua's 44th Annual Halloween Parade Tuesday. The entry, titled A Nightmare on Broad Street, placed second among Marching Units.

Two middle school students named King, Queen of parade

Thursday, October 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker and eighth-grader Stephan Scheib have been chosen as queen and king of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade. The students earned the distinction after they won an essay contest that explained what community meant to them and their definition of community pride. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South and Main Street in Slatington.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker and eighth-grader Stephan Scheib have been chosen as queen and king of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade. The students earned the distinction after they won an essay contest that explained what community meant to them and their definition of community pride. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South and Main Street in Slatington.

They aren't old enough to drive, but that won't prevent a pair of Northern Lehigh Middle School students from sitting behind the steering wheel.

That's because eighth-grader Stephan Scheib and seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker have respectively been chosen as king and queen of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade.

The 103rd annual parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It will form at 5 p.m. at South and Main Street in Slatington. Streets in the boroughs of Slatington and Walnutport will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m.

Penn-Kidder Lions name Steven Ortiz as Student of the Month

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Steven Ortiz of Albrightsville was named the Penn-Kidder Lions Club October 2010 Student of the Month. From left are, his mother, Maria Ortiz; the student, Steven Ortiz; and his father, Ovel Ortiz.
Steven Ortiz of Albrightsville was named the Penn-Kidder Lions Club October 2010 Student of the Month. From left are, his mother, Maria Ortiz; the student, Steven Ortiz; and his father, Ovel Ortiz.

Penn-Kidder Lions Club named Steven Ortiz as the October 2010 Student of the Month. Ortiz is an eighth grade student at Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

He is the son of Ovel and Maria Ortiz of Albrightsville.

Each month an eighth grade student at Penn-Kidder School will receive $20 and a breakfast for them and their parents, along with a framed certificate for doing well in school.

RSVP will conduct benefit checkups

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will conduct Individual BenefitsCheckUps at the Carbon County Agency of Aging Panther Valley Senior Nutrition Center, located in the School House Apartments, 90 E. Catawissa Street, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. This checkup is available free of charge to anyone 55 years or older, or 18 years and older and on disability. The checkup, sponsored by the National Council on Aging, is free and confidential. The goal of the checkup is to help people learn if they are potentially eligible for state, county and federal benefits of which they are unaware.

Electronic fingerprinting system up and running at Carbon County prison

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An electronic fingerprinting and photographing system is up and running at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross announced that first phase of the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network is operational.

He then asked Deputy Warden Timothy Fritz to explain about what has been going on with the system.

Fritz explained that since the equipment became available to individuals with summaries on Oct. 1, 12 summons cases have been handled by prison officers.

Additional work on MaryD firehouse is approved

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Additional work at the MaryD firehouse was approved and eight persons were named on the computing board to make the official count of votes which will be cast in next Tuesday's general election, in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1964 collecting for troops overseas

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's been said big things come in small packages.

For our area servicemen and servicewomen who won't have the good fortune of spending the holiday season with their loved ones, the prospect of unwrapping any gift is certain to be received with a heartfelt thanks.

Members of the community who would like to send area troops something for the Christmas holiday may do so through the Palmerton Area High School Class of 1964.

Local holiday film "Branches" completed

Thursday, October 28, 2010
"Branches," a holiday movie filmed at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, is now completed and will be shown in area film festivals.
"Branches," a holiday movie filmed at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, is now completed and will be shown in area film festivals.

The holiday film "Branches," shot at Lehighton's Crystal Spring Tree Farm, is completed and will be ready for distribution this holiday season.

To celebrate, those closest to its production were invited for a private showing at the NJ Film School in Martinsville, N.J. The group gathered to watch the short film several times and to look back on the film's journey.

"We had a great time at the Botek farm in February," said Director Chris Messineo.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Schuylkill County

Alyssa A. Kurtz, 135 E. Monroe St., McAdoo, and Angelo M. Pfeiffer, 361 White Face Circle, Zion Grove.

Brenda L. Gilbert and Carlos Zamudio, 421 W. Oak St., Hazleton.

Catherine O'Donnell, 47 E. Berea Avenue, Summit Hill, and Carl R. Hayslette, 119 W. Pine St., Sheppton.

Jennifer L. Aponick and Christian J. Holman, 5 Diamond Ave., Barnesville.

Carbon Model Railroad Society sponsoring railroad film night

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carbon Model Railroad Society and Pufferboys Railroad Gift Shop, Jim Thorpe, are sponsoring its Fall Railroad Film Night at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe. The presentation, "Afterlife Images of the LNE at LV Diesel Assignments" by Paul Carpenito. Admission is free. Refreshments available. For more information, call (610) 824-7730 or email trolleys@fast.net.

Kosciolek recertified as magisterial district judge

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Magisterial District Judge Casimir Kosciolek was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

Elderly woman killed in Schuylkill crash

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An elderly woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a crash about 5:09 p.m. on Wednesday along SR443 at Frantz Rd., in Washington Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Mabel Groff, 95, of Lebanon. She was pronounced dead at the scene by county deputy coroner Paul Kennedy.

Troopers gave the following details of the accident.

Caitlin Henninger is Jim Thorpe Idol

Thursday, October 28, 2010
The nine finalists in the "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" competition stand together on the stage of the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School as they await the announcement of the winner of this year's competition. They are, from left, Michael Riley, Jon "Lucky" Meyers, Bridget McFadden, Caitlin Henninger, Christian Pringle, Patrick Martin, Nicole Reinhart, Lindsay Capper and Brooke McElmoyle.
The nine finalists in the "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" competition stand together on the stage of the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School as they await the announcement of the winner of this year's competition. They are, from left, Michael Riley, Jon "Lucky" Meyers, Bridget McFadden, Caitlin Henninger, Christian Pringle, Patrick Martin, Nicole Reinhart, Lindsay Capper and Brooke McElmoyle.

Sixth annual competition may be the last held at high school

Culminating weeks of competition, which had seen the original group of 25 competitors narrowed down to nine finalists, the title of "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" was awarded to Caitlin Henninger. The final evening of competition was held in the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

For her presentationCaitlin sang "Pyramid." She did an encore of song after the announcement of her victory.

Hit/run driver being sought

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A hit and run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a driver was turning left from Greenview Road to go north on SR61 in North Manheim Township, about 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. For unknown reasons the driver traveled off the side of the road while Kimberly R. Emerich, 42, of Schuylkill Haven, was traveling northbound in a 2002 Dodge Neon.

The rear bumper of the other vehicle struck the front of the Neon. After impact the other driver continued north on 61 and then turned right onto SR443.

Jim Thorpe Rotary presents 2011 calendar

Thursday, October 28, 2010
The 2011 Jim Thorpe Rotary Calendar contains 13 photographs-one for each month plus a cover scene-for 2011, it depicts the tower of St. Mark's Church.
The 2011 Jim Thorpe Rotary Calendar contains 13 photographs-one for each month plus a cover scene-for 2011, it depicts the tower of St. Mark's Church.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for friends who love to visit Jim Thorpe or have moved away? According to Bill Allison, calendar committee chair of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, it recently arrived-as the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2011 Calendar.

Rotary's stocking stuffer, now in its second year of publication, is a venue to display images of the Victorian town and its homage to its Olympian namesake by several local photographers.

Value of sprinkler systems demonstrated

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Fire trucks from Lehigh Township and one from Laury's Station lined up alongside the demonstration site. Lehigh firemen put on their gear to help with the demonstration. Laury's came to view the demonstration, described by one person from Laury's as "interesting."
Fire trucks from Lehigh Township and one from Laury's Station lined up alongside the demonstration site. Lehigh firemen put on their gear to help with the demonstration. Laury's came to view the demonstration, described by one person from Laury's as "interesting."

Clouds of black smoke reached far into the sky behind the Lehigh Township municipal building on Oct. 24. Before the firefighters could be expected to reach the fire the living room was in flames. However, Lehigh Township firefighters were already on hand because the fire was the first half of a residential sprinkler demonstration held by the fire company.

The fire company received a $1,000 grant - one of only 100 in the entire country. There were four or five in the state, said Roger Spadt, fire marshal. The grants were provided by the Home Fire Sprinkler Association.

Theft incident at milling site probed

Thursday, October 28, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft incident at a milling site in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said unknown criminals backed a pickup trucks up the milling equipment, shined lights from the bed of the trucks onto the equipment and removed various items. The site is located along Pine Valley Road at Sprcue St., in East Brunswick Township.

Truck snaps utility pole in Mahoning

Thursday, October 28, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Grist Mill road in Mahoning Township was closed for several hours after a box type delivery truck snagged some wires snapping off a utility pole. The pole carried a transformer and live power lines. The site is about a hundred feet south of Rt. 902. It was unknown how many electrical customers were without power due to the incident. The transformer ruptured sending a flow of oil down the roadway. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

PMW stuns Pleasant Vy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
patrick Deutsch/times news Pleasant Valley's Ricky Forte (9) goes up to head the ball against Pocono Mountain West.
patrick Deutsch/times news Pleasant Valley's Ricky Forte (9) goes up to head the ball against Pocono Mountain West.

It was a bad week in the Poconos for the Pleasant Valley soccer team.

Last week, the Bears' undefeated Mountain Valley Conference season was spoiled in the championship game by Pocono Mountain East.

Wednesday night, Pocono Mountain West upset the Bears, 2-1, in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs.

It was a stunning end to what appeared to be a very promising season for Pleasant Valley.

Luring incident probed in JT

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jim Thorpe are investigating a luring of a child incident.

Police said a white male in his 50s allegedly tried to lure two juveniles into his vehicle. The incident occurred in the area of Leisure Lane on Monday, Oct. 25, about 4:30 p.m.

The male was reportedly driving a gray Cadillac. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 325-4995.

Penn Kidder PTA holds Annual Fall Festival

Thursday, October 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten and first grade students participated in a costume contest during the Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival".
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten and first grade students participated in a costume contest during the Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival".

Last Saturday Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival" was held at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

All kinds of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other strange creatures invaded the school's gym and cafeteria to enjoy a day of carnival games, costume contests, music, dancing, and food.

There was a Chinese auction which had over 100 items in it including two bicycles and in addition to that, there was also a 50-50 raffle

Wal-Mart donations

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

Displaying facsimiles of checks presented to them by Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township, during the store's grand opening Wednesday morning, are, left to right, Johnette Lenik and Bob Miller, representing Mahoning Valley Ambulance; Mark Ebbert, chief of Mahoning Valley Fire Department, and Ken Barnes, Chief of Police in Mahoning Township. The store gave $25,000 in donations. Other recipients were the Trinity Luther Food Bank and the Shriner's Children's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Owl Creek's Fall Foliage Hayride

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC) held its

Owl Creek Fall Foliage Hayride event this past weekend. Visitors, young and old, enjoyed haunted hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other

festive foods. Aislynn Gallagher, 5, Alice Taylor, and Ed Sookikian, dress as witches and a devil to scare riders. Carlee Deetz, left, and Roger Taras, both from Tamaqua, stick their heads through the Owl Creek Reservoir

Caution

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Motorists must be careful with trick or treat activity

With many communities holding trick-or-treat nights this week, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler urged motorists to slow down and watch carefully for little princesses, witches and pirates.